Reflecting on Computer Crime in Hong Kong: A Critical Review of the Working Group on Computer-Related Crime Report of 2000

Kam C. Wong, Chinese University of Hong Kong

ABSTRACT
In September 2000, the Inter-departmental Working Group on Computer Related Crime (Working Group) released its long awaited and much anticipated work report -- Inter-departmental Working Group on Computer Related Crime Report (Report) with an invitation for public comments. The Report is the first comprehensive effort by the Hong Kong government to study computer and related crime -- problems and response -- in Hong Kong. Particularly, the Report details the issues identified, difficulties confronted, and challenges raised in dealing with computer crime problems in Hong Kong. This paper provides an independent review of the Report. It offers critical analysis and constructive commentaries to the Report. In so doing, the paper assesses the Report for its relevancy, contributions and limitations. The paper has a larger goal. It is hoped that through the review exercise, we can improve upon our understanding of computer crime problems in Hong Kong and fine-tune our response to them.

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